Well Woman

Bella Medical Clinic believes that every woman deserves quality health care from a knowledgeable and compassionate provider. Bella Medical Clinic provides free well woman check-ups for women which include a physical exam, breast exam, and a pelvic exam/ Pap smear (cervical cancer screening).

The pap test identifies changes in cells on the cervix (lower end of the uterus) that are caused from HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). HPV is the most common STD and is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is spread primarily through genital contact. Most infections resolve on their own without treatment. However, if a high risk infection persists, it can cause cancer of the cervix or vagina in women. In most cases, follow-up care for an abnormal test result may prevent cervical cancer from developing. 

A Pap test is recommended for all women beginning at the age of 21 through age 65. With a normal test result, this test only needs to be done every 3 years. There is no cure for HPV, however there are vaccines available which provide protection from some of the cancer-causing strains of HPV. Bella Medical Clinic can provide a medical referral for any recommended follow-up care and possible treatment.

A pelvic exam is a visual and physical examination of a woman’s reproductive organs. A Bella Medical Clinic provider can perform a pelvic exam and will test and provide treatment for vaginal infections and/or STDs, if needed. 

A breast exam can detect some abnormalities in the breasts. Bella Medical Clinic’s provider will feel for any lumps or changes in the breast tissue. Medical referrals will be provided for any recommended follow-up. Bella Medical Clinic does not offer breast ultrasounds or mammograms.

There is a possibility you can get pregnant every time you have sex. There is also a very real possibility that you can get an STD if your partner has not been truthful, tested, and treated. So, come in and let’s talk about sex! We want to share medically accurate information with you about how best to protect your body and your heart.

How often should I get a pap?

It is recommended for all women between the ages of 21- 65 years old every 3 years if the test result is normal.

Do you do mammograms?

No. Our nurse practitioner performs a manual breast exam. You will be provided medical referrals if a follow up is necessary.

I have no health insurance. Where do I go for follow-up care not provided at Bella?

Our nurses can connect you with resources in the community.

Why do I always get a BV?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) occurs from overgrowth of “normal” bacteria of the vagina. We can test and treat for this common condition. BV is not an STD.

Where can I go for a comprehensive medical exam?

We do not provide comprehensive medical exams. Our nurses can help refer you to other low-cost or free clinics.

Do you prescribe birth control?